Music is a great gift from God and each CCS student can develop his or her own musical abilities and talents to glorify God throughout life.
The music program at CCS offers students a wide variety of avenues to express themselves musically and creatively. The foundation of music education at CCS is audiation, or “musical thinking.” Students’ audiation is bolstered by exposure to a rich musical vocabulary and participation in movement-based learning. In addition to learning audiation, CCS students receive a well-rounded musical experience. Students learn about myriad styles, cultures, and time-periods; experiment with new instruments, tonalities, and meters; and move through different levels, spaces, and pathways. In addition, the CCS music program grants students the opportunity to improvise, read music, compose, and perform. Through these methods and techniques, students learn that, though entertaining, music is a discipline and art worthy of respect and diligent study.
The primary goal of the CCS music program is to give students musical skills that they can use for a lifetime, skills that will transform students into competent, literate musicians who have an understanding and appreciation for music no matter what the musical environment. Through formal and informal music training, CCS students will develop a meaningful and lasting appreciation of music.
All elementary CCS students attend a general music class once a week where they sing, chant, move, and play a variety of percussion instruments such as hand-drums and Orff instruments (i.e. xylophones and metallophones). As students progress in their music education, they are exposed to music history and theory. Each year CCS students participate in the Christmas and Spring concerts where they perform a variety of music. All CCS students and their families look forward to these exciting events.
Middle school students select art or music each semester. In addition, middle school students have the opportunity to select from a variety of music electives, should they wish to gain a deeper understanding and focus in a core area.